Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman ( Sungai Long Campus )

Dec 19, 2014

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman ( Sungai Long Campus )

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Design Objectives

Hands-on learning and guiding

Clear image recording & faster video retrieval to improve work efficiency

Retain and integrate existing analog cameras to new digital IP based platform

Scalable system for easy future upgrade and expansion

(a) State-of-the-art control room where trainers can monitor and control the simulation session in the Clinical Skills Lab

(b) One way mirror in Clinical Skills Room, where trainers can observe the training  session from the adjacent training room

(c) The simulator is equipped with various simulator modules. The modules are pre-programmed to enact specific medical scenarios, and react when medical action is given

The Challenges

In modern health care education, apart from knowledge, Clinical Skills are just as vital a foundation for an aspiring doctor. With the availability of various surgical simulators, students now have the opportunity to improve their clinical and surgical skills. Students can hone their clinical and surgical skills on the simulators, that emulates the response and reaction of patients in a certain situation in a pre-set module. The simulators are equipped with learning modules that are designed specifically to address a student’s skill in a certain field.

Human patient simulation is a relatively new teaching strategy that allows trainees to develop, refine, and apply knowledge and skills in a realistic clinical situation as they participate in interactive learning experiences designed to meet their educational needs. Trainees participate in simulated patient care scenarios within a specific clinical environment, gaining experience, learning and refining skills and developing competencies; all this is accomplished without fear of harm to a live patient.

Using a patient simulator, instructors reproduce various scenarios from basic patient interactions to technical procedures to critical situations, such as intra-operative cases, trauma emergencies and cardiac life support. The Simulation Centre can be transformed into an operating room, emergency trauma suite, intensive care unit or ward setting, and for added effect, scenarios may include role players (i.e. a surgeon, circulating nurse, respiratory therapist, etc.). The training participants are immersed in a simulated environment, and whatever the scenario, every effort is made to ensure that they feel the same sense of stress and urgency as they would during a real-life experience. By the end of the simulation session, they would have gained hands-on training with no risk to patients.

Our Solution

UTAR Clinical Skills Lab is an integrated facility with various functionalities closely integrated to fulfil the entire medical simulation training requirement. It has an integrated simulation lab, control centre and debriefing room. It will have full spectrum of patient simulator for medical training. The centre is also equipped with sophisticated digital audio-visual system that is integrated throughout the lab to record simulated learning, assessment and debriefing sessions.

The clinical skills lab provides the perfect opportunity for aspiring surgeons and nurses to experience hands-on learning, and develop their confidence when faced with situations that require quick decision making. While the students can focus on fine-tuning their problem solving skills in the clinical skills lab, lecturers and teachers can observe their activity in the adjacent control room, which is separated by a one way mirror. Various training opportunities can be designed and integrated with courses provided by UTAR. Trainees will then undergo the program to promote spirit of teamwork; training and retraining a standard approach to clinical situation.

The clinical skills lab is designed to resemble a mock patient ward, with a patient simulator, and 2 video cameras and a ceiling microphone and speaker, and equipped with a state-of-the-art control centre. The video cameras are placed at different locations around the simulator that can record, capture and stream live videos of a student’s response when dealing with a specific clinical situation i.e. tension pneumothorax. These live videos can be accesssed by lecturers from a computer in the control room, or from a laptop anywhere within a campus via WIFI connection. These images can be accessed for post-scenario debriefings.

Students are instructed via a desktop microphone in the control room, which is connected to the speakers in the clinical room. Audio from the clinical room is also distributed to the control room, enabling 2-way communication. As a result of this set-up, lessons can be conducted in the most efficient manner, without the lecturers being physically present in the clinical room.

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